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Manager at bikini espresso stands charged with promoting prostitution

EVERETT — A Shoreline woman who was a pioneer in the multimillion-dollar business of running drive-through brothels at Snohomish County bikini-espresso stands is now charged with two counts of promoting...

Date: 11/19/2014 | Local News


Everett tries to seize espresso stands that sold sex

EVERETT — The city is moving to seize and sell several controversial bikini espresso stands that were once a front for a lucrative prostitution operation ran by a former exotic dancer.

Date: 11/12/2014 | Local News


Hong Kong police arrest 19 at protests

HONG KONG — Hong Kong police said Saturday that they have arrested 19 people, some of whom are believed to have organized crime ties, after mobs tried to drive pro-democracy protesters from the streets where they have held a weeklong, largely peaceful demonstration.At...

Date: 10/04/2014 | Nation & World


Ring leader earns 27 years for drug and gun trafficking

SEATTLE — A man who led a drug and gun trafficking ring with his family was sentenced Friday to 27 years in federal prison.

Date: 09/26/2014 | Local News


Guilty plea in Java Juggs case

Owner admits running brothels in coffee huts

Date: 09/02/2014 | Local News


Coffee stands raked in millions through sex trade, prosecutors say

EVERETT — A former nude dancer who jumped into the controversial bikini coffee stand business deposited more than $2 million in her bank in just three years.

Date: 08/28/2014 | Local News


Author tells story of wild ride of Benny Binion

“Blood Aces: The Wild Ride of Benny Binion, the Texas Gangster Who Created Vegas Poker” (Viking), by Doug J. Swanson

Date: 08/27/2014 | Entertainment


Feds to seize home of food stamp fraud suspect

EVERETT — A downtown store owner is now facing criminal and civil sanctions based on allegations that he was running a food stamp fraud ring out of his business.Fraz "Tony" Mushtaq recently pleaded not guilty to a trio of felony charges stemming from

Date: 08/22/2014 | Local News


3 involved in massive identity theft ring sentenced to prison

EVERETT — It was an unusual case in several ways.The investigation turned up 500 potential victims and nearly a half million dollars gained through a sophisticated scheme of stealing identities and racking up bills with ill-gotten credit.Snohomish County...

Date: 08/15/2014 | Local News


Pope takes on Italy's mobsters

CASERTA, Italy — Pope Francis has traveled to a southern Italian stronghold of a clan of mobsters who poisoned local farmlands by dumping illicitly trafficked toxic waste.Francis made a late-afternoon visit Saturday to Caserta, the main town in the turf of the Casalesi...

Date: 07/27/2014 | Nation & World


Vigilantes become cops in drug war

TEPALCATEPEC, Mexico — Mexico's government on Saturday began demobilizing a vigilante movement of assault-rifle-wielding ranchers and farmers that had succeeded in largely expelling the Knights Templar cartel from the western state of Michoacan when authorities couldn't.

Date: 05/11/2014 | Nation & World


Official suicides in China spark debate

BEIJING — A series of mysterious apparent suicides by Chinese officials in the past three weeks, including of two senior figures, has sparked debate and questions among ordinary people here, as well as a fresh round of online censorship.

Date: 04/11/2014 | Nation & World


Pope lashes out at mafia in Italy

ROME — Pope Francis has a warning for Italy’s mobsters: They will go to hell if they don’t repent and renounce their “blood-stained money and blood-stained power.”

Date: 03/22/2014 | Nation & World




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